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Thu Mar 23 2006
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Moderator Anthony Aristar on what LINGUIST really does
Editor Svetlana Aksenova: my exciting journey
Message 1: Moderator Anthony Aristar on what LINGUIST really does
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Moderator Anthony Aristar on what LINGUIST really does
Last week our annual fund drive began. As you know, one of the main purposes
of the LINGUIST List is to disseminate information to the linguistic community.
We do this for free: all of the information we post on our site is available to
anyone who cares to see it.
Frankly, this takes a lot of money: though the linguistic faculty who serve
LINGUIST work for free, the students who do most of the work need to be paid,
since that's how they support their studies.
But what perhaps most of you don't know is that there is much more going on at
LINGUIST than you may realize. LINGUIST is not just an information source:
it has actively been doing research in defining the standards that good linguistic
work on the Internet needs to follow, and running projects that are adding to
linguistic infrastructure and information on the web. These projects had been
funded by the National Science Foundation, so the work that developed them was
provided for. But the NSF does not provide for the maintenance of what these
projects produced, and this maintenance has now fallen squarely on the LINGUIST
List, as the organization that did the work. It would be a tragedy if all this
material disappeared because the cost of keeping it available was prohibitive.
But if we're to maintain these projects, we have no choice but to ask for your
help, in the form of donations to LINGUIST. It may help to know a little about
the things we did. Here's a list of some of them.
The E-MELD project (http://emeld.org): This project is ending this year. It was
designed to work towards defining standards for linguistic data on the Internet,
and in particular to encourage through such work the preservation of endangered
languages data. One of its major products was the School of Best Practice
(http://emeld.org/school/), which is designed to provide an easy source of information
on data standards and on how to preserve linguistic data in a digital world. It
includes detailed explanations of how different kinds of data were digitized. It
also includes Ask-an-Expert, which is a service through which linguists can ask
those who have the right kind of expertise to answer technical problems related
to data conversion and preservation, and virtual meeting places for speakers of
endangered languages to congregate. E-MELD also produced the first linguistic
ontologies – both morphosyntactic and phonetic – to be created,
as well as tools designed to aid field linguists in their work.
The DATA project (http://qenaga.org/): This project also ends this year.
Its purpose was to digitize the Dena'ina data that the Alaska Native
Language Center had in its archives and make it available to the Dena'ina
community and linguists in an annotated form. It also served to train students
in how to do field work and how to archive linguistic material.
The ALL Language Project (http://linguistlist.org/people/personal/): This was a
project the purpose of which was to collect as complete a database as possible of
linguists, along with their specializations and the languages upon which they work.
The Multilist Project (http://listserv.linguistlist.org/archives): This was a
project to collect in one place archives of as many linguistic lists as possible,
and to offer free hosting to any group of linguists that needs access to mailing
list software. We now archive well over a 100 linguistic lists on our site.
You can see that maintaining such a wealth of material can be quite labor-intensive.
We need to make sure that the work these past projects of ours produced stays
available, and is updated, so that it stays useful and relevant.
We can only do this if you donate to LINGUIST, for it's your donations that provide
the support that makes such maintenance possible. You can do this easily at the URL:
Your support will be greatly appreciated!
We would love to do more such projects, and we already have two or three in the works.
One is a publicly accessible database of all known language relationships, with a full
bibliographical database. And another is a geographical database of linguistic data,
capable of generating maps containing many different layers of information.
But you'll be hearing more of these in future years if you make sure that LINGUIST
goes from strength to strength. Meanwhile, we just need to make sure that we do not
throw away what we already have!
Message 2: Editor Svetlana Aksenova: my exciting journey
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Editor Svetlana Aksenova: my exciting journey
Dear LINGUIST LIST subscribers,
Five years after getting my BA in Linguistics from the University of Dubna in Russia,
I decided to go for an MA in Linguistics. After considering different schools, I
decided the program at EMU best suited my needs. However, without any means to finance
my education, the MA was still out of reach. When I first visited EMU, I learnt about
the Linguist List. I corresponded with Helen who offered me a Graduate Assistantship
at the LL. Little did I know back then what a tremendous and exciting journey laid
ahead for me.
From my very first day here at LL, no two days have been the same. The variety of
tasks that we do every day and the different things we learn make it both challenging
and interesting. Direct interaction with subscribers, some problem solving, keeping
directories and records accurate and up-to-date are some of the tasks that we do
on a day-to-day basis here at LL.
For me, being an editor and a member of the publications team is not just a job,
but a personal learning experience that has no match. I also get opportunities to
be involved in exclusive projects like EMELD, learn a bit of programming and
even build my first web pages.
The Linguist List team is a dynamic group of individuals with very diverse backgrounds
and skill sets. The Graduate Assistants like me are sponsored by your contributions,
and we hope that you continue to extend your generosity so we can keep providing
the linguistic community with our services.
Linguist List Editor
This Year the LINGUIST List hopes to raise $52,932. This money will go to help keep the
List running by supporting all of our Student Editors for the coming year.
See below for donation instructions, and don't forget to check out our Fund Drive 2006
LINGUIST List Cruise for some Fund Drive fun!
There are many ways to donate to LINGUIST!
You can donate right now using our secure credit card form.
Alternatively you can also pledge right now and pay later.
For all information on donating and pledging, including information on how to donate by
check, money order, or wire transfer, please visit:
The LINGUIST List is under the umbrella of Eastern Michigan University and as such can
receive donations through the EMU Foundation, which is a registered 501(c) Non Profit
organization. Our Federal Tax number is 38-6005986. These donations can be offset against
your federal and sometimes your state tax return (U.S. tax payers only). For more
information visit the IRS Web-Site, or contact your financial advisor.
Many companies also offer a gift matching program, such that they will match any gift
you make to a non-profit organization. Normally this entails your contacting your human
resources department and sending us a form that the EMU Foundation fills in and returns
to your employer. This is generally a simple administrative procedure that doubles the
value of your gift to LINGUIST, without costing you an extra penny. Please take a moment
to check if your company operates such a program.
Thank you very much for your support of LINGUIST!
We would like to thank all of the publishers and subscribers who
donated prizes for this year's Fund Drive games, puzzles, and
Publisher Prize Donors:
Estudios de Sociolingüística
The Linguistic Association of Finland
The Surrey Morphology Group
Subscriber Prize Donors:
Paul G. Chapin
Dr. Gabriel Dorta
Suzette Haden Elgin
Elly van Gelderen
Loraine K. Obler, Ph.D
Ana María Ortega and María Luisa Pérez
The LINGUIST List Hall of Fame
ANGELS ($1000 and over)
MAINSTAYS ($100 to $1000)
A. Henderson, S. Moran, G. Stamm
Arienne M. Dwyer
Bernadine W. Raiskums
Cynthia Tia Linn Johnson
D Terence Langendoen
elly van gelderen
Geoff Nathan and Margaret Winters
Monica Macaulay and Joe Salmons
Stefan Th. Gries
- Plus 3 anonymous donors
SUPPORTERS ($50 to $100)
Andrea C. Schalley
Carol A. Klee
Georgetown University - Graduate Student Linguistics Association
Job M. van Zuijlen
Kathleen M. Ward
Wolfgang J. Meyer
- Plus 4 anonymous donors
DONORS (Up to $50)
Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
Sandra W. Smith
Susan D Fischer
V J Fedson
- Plus 4 anonymous donors
MAJOR SUPPORTING PUBLISHERS
Cambridge University Press
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
Edinburgh University Press
European Language Resources Association
Georgetown University Press
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Mouton de Gruyter
Oxford University Press
OTHER SUPPORTING PUBLISHERS
Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc. Umass
International Pragmatics Assoc.
Kingston Press Ltd
Linguistic Assoc. of Finland
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke
St. Jerome Publishing Ltd.
Utrecht institute of Linguistics
Arizona State University
Birkbeck, University of London
City University of Hong Kong
Dublin City University
European Bioinformatics Institute
Harvard University Institute of English Language
Language Analysis Systems, Inc.
Michigan State University
National Security Agency
National Tsing Hua University
Northeastern Illinois University
OFAI - Austrian Research Inst. for AI
Simon Fraser University
SYSTRAN Software Inc.
Szanca Solutions, Inc.
Thomson Legal & Regulatory
United Arab Emirates University
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Cyprus
University of Edinburgh
University of Florida
University of Fribourg, Suisse
University of Goettingen
University of Hamburg
University of Heidelberg
University of Helsinki
University of Illinois
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
University of Leipzig
University of Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Melbourne
University of Michigan
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
University of Potsdam
University of Reading
University of Rochester
University of Southampton
University of Southern Denmark
University of Texas at Austin
University of Victoria
Université de Neuchâtel
Université du Québec à Montréal
Voice Signal Technologies
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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